Emory R. Kopf Jr., 69, systems engineer, private pilot

September 27, 2005

Emory R. Kopf Jr., a systems engineer and former air traffic controller, died of complications from cancer Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The longtime Arnold resident was 69.

Mr. Kopf was born in Annapolis and raised in the Manhattan Beach community of Severna Park. He was a 1954 graduate of Annapolis High School, and earned a certificate in 1957 from what is now Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Mr. Kopf served as an air traffic controller in the Air Force from 1957 to 1961, when he began his career at what was then Washington National Airport. He was transferred to what is now Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where he worked until the 1981 strike by air traffic controllers.

From 1981 to 1993, he was a systems engineer at Goddard Space Flight Center, and for the past 12 years had a similar position with Northrop Grumman Corp.

Mr. Kopf enjoyed sailing, fishing and restoring antique automobiles. He also held a private pilot's license and was an accomplished woodworker.

He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 461 College Parkway, Arnold, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Patricia J. Purdum; two sons, Steven R. Kopf of Augusta, Ga., and Michael A. Kopf of Victor, Idaho; and a daughter, Laura J. Hirsch of Odenton.

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